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Can You Get Brazilian Laser Hair Removal If You Have Genital Piercings?

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Going full Brazilian can be done either by waxing or getting a laser treatment. However, laser hair removal has a significant edge as it provides permanent pubic hair reduction without leaving ingrown hairs and bumps. Anyone can safely get a Brazilian laser hair removal but there are some concerns for those who have genital piercings in their nether region.  

So is it possible to get Brazilian laser hair removal if you have an existing or fresh piercing in the genital region? Yes, you can still have a Brazilian laser treatment as long as you remove the piercings prior to the session. If your piercing is difficult to remove, the provider can cover it during the treatment to ensure your safety. It’s always important to discuss with your provider if you have other piercings so they can carefully plan and perform your laser session. 

Is It Okay to Do Brazilian Laser Hair Removal Around Piercings?  

There are different ways to remove unwanted body hair but laser treatments are one of the best choices that can permanently leave your pubic region smooth and flawless. A common hair removal technique is to go full Brazilian which involves getting rid of all hair in the pubic area from the front and all the way to your backside. 

Generally, women should have no issue getting a Brazilian laser hair removal treatment, even if they’re on their period. It’s also fine to go for laser hair removal with piercings in your genital region. However, this would depend on the type of piercing that you have. 

One of the most common types of genital piercings is the clit piercing. It’s usually attached to the hood around the external clitoris. There are also other kinds of clit piercings such as vertical hood piercing (VCH), horizontal hood piercing (HCH), and triangle piercing.

If you’re planning to get a Brazilian laser hair removal, your provider will likely advise you to remove your genital piercing. Most types of clit piercings can be removed easily as long as it has healed properly or if you’ve had them for quite a while.

Sometimes, it’s up to your provider whether they’re comfortable doing Brazilian laser treatment around a clitoral hood piercing. They’ll likely assess your genital region to see if they can work around the piercing to minimize the risk from the laser. They can proceed with the procedure as long as they cover the piercing before starting the laser device.

Brazilian Laser Hair Removal and Genital Piercings: What Are The Risks Involved? 

At-home shaving and tweezing can be a hassle which is why more and more women are going for Brazilian laser hair removal. However, there are still some risks involved with the procedure, especially if you’re wearing jewelry or piercings in the treatment area.  

One possible risk is that performing laser hair removal around piercings may cause skin burns on the treated area. You have to consider which material your genital piercing is made of. If it’s made of metal or gold, it may absorb the laser beam and cause heat to scatter which can potentially damage the surrounding skin. 

Laser hair removal procedures are generally more tolerable and less painful than Brazilian waxing. However, having piercings may increase the risk of pain during and after a laser hair removal treatment. It may also affect your skin’s healing time after a procedure. For your safety, just remove your piercings before getting a Brazilian laser hair removal treatment. 

When Should You Get Brazilian Laser Hair Removal After Getting A New Piercing? 

It’s recommended to let your piercings heal before getting a Brazilian laser hair removal. This is because the treatment area may still be sensitive after placing the fresh piercing. You’d likely need to wait at least 4 to 8 weeks after getting a piercing before you can get a hair removal treatment. 

Another alternative is to postpone getting a piercing and have your laser hair removal done first. It’s generally safer for you to have a Brazilian laser hair removal without any jewelry getting in the way. It’s also easier for your laser technician to administer the treatment and ensure that all your pubic hair is removed. 

How to Prepare for Brazilian Laser Hair Removal If You Have Piercings  

You don’t need to worry about your safety and results as long you work with an experienced laser hair removal provider. However, it’s important that you inform your technician that you have an existing piercing in the genital region. You’ll be expected to follow some pre-treatment reminders before you go in for your first laser session: 

  • Remove all jewelry and piercings before the procedure. You can choose to remove it on your own or talk to your piercer so they can help detach the piercing from your genital areas. They may also provide something to prevent closure during laser hair removal. 
  • Avoid direct sun exposure or limit going to tanning beds and saunas at least a week before your treatment. Wear sunscreen whenever you’re going out to avoid sunburn before the treatment. 
  • On the day before your appointment, shave the treatment area to make it easier for the laser to find the hair follicles. You should also clean your skin to minimize the risk of infections. 
  • Don’t drink caffeine prior to your laser treatment as this may make you more anxious. 
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing to prevent skin chafing after the treatment. 

What to Expect During Your Brazilian Laser Hair Removal 

This hair removal treatment uses laser technology to get rid of unwanted hair within several minutes. It’s popularly done on areas such as the upper lip, neck, chin, legs, arms, back, bikini line, and pubic region. It works by destroying the hair follicle and disrupting the hair growth cycle so your skin will become smooth and hair-free. 

During the treatment, the provider will ask you to remove the piercings beforehand or they will cover them. They’ll cleanse the area and, if you have low pain tolerance, they may apply a numbing cream on your skin. 

The laser technician will use the best laser device depending on your hair color and skin type. It will also be adjusted based on the thickness of your pubic hair. Once the procedure starts, you can expect to feel a slight burning or pinprick sensation as the laser heats the hair follicle. 

A Brazilian laser hair removal treatment can take about 20 to 30 minutes. Afterward, you may notice immediate swelling and redness which can be managed by applying ice packs or an anti-inflammatory cream. You may also experience minor side effects such as skin irritation, blisters, crusting, and redness for a few days. 

This treatment works best on a patient with dark hair and light skin since it’s easier for the laser to locate the pigment. However, there are newer laser devices that can also treat individuals with medium to dark skin. 

Get Professional Brazilian Laser Hair Removal Treatments at Ethos Spa  

Having a genital piercing won’t necessarily stop you from getting a Brazilian laser hair removal. However, you have to take note of some precautions to ensure that the laser doesn’t harm you and cause adverse events. It’s generally best if you can remove your piercing before the treatment for your overall safety and comfort.  

At Ethos Spa, we have a team of expert laser technicians who can perform safe and effective hair removal around your piercings. We’ll also help you manage any pain and discomfort that you feel during and after the treatment. Call us now to book your Brazilian laser hair removal treatment or learn more about our other related procedures.

Dr. Hardik Soni

MD, Founder/Lead Physician

About Dr. Hardik Soni

Dr. Hardik Soni is the founder and Medical Director of Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness. His primary focus is on minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures including botulinum injection (Botox and Dysport), dermal fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse), laser hair removal, chemical peels, and laser skin rejuvenation. Dr. Soni believes in a more conservative approach and his first goal is education. Clients are able to determine the ideal treatments after discussion with Dr. Soni regarding the expected outcomes, cost, as well as risks.

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